Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Crater Lake

Crater Lake has inspired people for hundreds of years. No place else on earth combines a deep, pure lake, so blue in color; sheer surrounding cliffs, almost two thousand feet high; two picturesque islands; and a violent volcanic past. It is a place of immeasurable beauty, and an outstanding outdoor laboratory and classroom.


 ...and this is so rightly said. Seeing this dormant volcano with this magnificient blue lake withint its crater was a unique experience.


Crater Lake was formed when a massive eruption of Mount Mazama, 7700 years ago, caused the mountain to collapse, leaving a steaming caldera. Centuries of rain and snow filled the caldera creating Crater Lake.






At 1,943 feet deep, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and one of the ten deepest lakes in the world!



An average of 482,000 people visit Crater Lake National Park each year.


Seven different trees live on Phantom Ship, an island in Crater Lake. 


Wizard island ..the second of the two pictureque islands in crater lake.
There are tours to this island... if you are interested and have the time.



Depending on where the fire is in the park, its cause and season of the year, some fires are allowed to burn themselves out naturally.


A cruise through the lake ... one of the many 'things to do' here.
The space is limited and advanced booking is recommended.

Information Courtesy :
http://www.nps.gov/crla/index.htm

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